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Today is the First Day of Spring

by Van

Celebrate by reading some spring poems from The Language of Spring: Poems for the Season of Renewal, selected by Robert Atwan, Introduction by Maxine Kumin.

Theodore Roethke Vernal Sentiment

Though the crocuses poke up their heads in the usual places,
The frog scum appear on the pond with the same froth of
green, And boys moon at girls with last year’s fatuous faces,
I never am bored, however familiar the scene.

When from under the barn the cat brings a similar litter, -
Two yellow and black, and one that looks in between, -
Though it all happened before, I cannot grow bitter:
I rejoice in the spring, as though no spring ever had been.

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